Thanks to the Prankster ability, both Volbeat and Illumise have unlocked some serious potential in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. Statistically, they may not be impressive (their highest bast stat is only 85), but these Bug-types are fun to use simply because of how trainers can find different roles in their parties. Surprisingly, all of these uses only require a couple of natures.
Best natures for Volbeat and Illumise in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
The best natures for Volbeat and Illumise in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet are as follows:
- Calm (+Sp. Def, - Attack)
- Modest (+Sp. Atk, - Attack)
The movesets for both Illumise and Volbeat consist of annoying moves: things like Confuse Ray, Attract, Encore, Wish, and more. The longer they stay alive, the more of these moves they can pull off, which is why the Calm nature is a good choice for them both. They won't resist too much because of their Bug typing, but they can wall some threats with recovery from Wish and the Leftovers item.
Modest is only there as an option for Volbeat. Even though Volbeat's Special Attack is horrendous (47 at base), Volbeat gets the move Tail Glow, which raises Special Attack by three stages. If Volbeat can get this move off, its Moonblast and Bug Buzz will start to do decent damage.
I recommend giving Volbeat a shot in doubles for trainers who want to try it. Volbeat can use Tail Glow to let a teammate borrow with Psych Up or another stat borrowing move. I shudder to think how hard Pokémon like Gholdengo and Iron Valiant would hit after a Tail Glow boost.
How to choose natures in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
Choosing a Pokémon's nature depends on how the trainer wants to use that Pokémon. Damage dealers will either want Speed or Attack-boosting natures, while tankier Pokémon will want to augment their defenses.
Volbeat and Illumise really don't have that much offense behind them, which is why they both work well with the Calm nature. Trainers should always be evaluating whether they need damage output on the given Pokémon, because some operate just fine by being defensive walls.
Ultimate Nature Chart for Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
|Nature||Increased Stat||Decreased Stat|
|Rash||Special Attack||Special Defense|
|Careful||Special Defense||Special Attack|
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